Survival Tip #67

Survival Tip #67

Bee Stings

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Needless to say if you are deathly allergic, you should make sure to have a life time of epipens on hand. However if you aren’t allergic, bee stings still hurt.  They make these nifty bee string kits that numb the pain of a sting, which are small and compact, so you could carry a lot of them. In a pinch though, windex works as well for alleviating the pain of a sting. Don’t ask me how it works, but it does.

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Survival Tip #66

Survival Tip #66

Skunks

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Arguably people will smell worse in the Primal Age, but being sprayed by a skunk will still be more than most people can handle in the smell-o-vision world. Whether it is you, you’re dog, or anything else, here is a simple cleaning solution to quickly remove the smell.

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup baking soda
1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap such as dishwashing detergent.

Be sure to mix it in an open container, and only apply to the sprayed areas. Also, any clothing you happen to be wearing at the time is likely a lost cause. Skunks are best to be avoided at all times, however if you are trapping animals and come across one in the live trap, you want to shoot it through both lungs so that it doesn’t spray when it dies. I repeat, avoid skunks.

Survival Tip #63

Survival Tip #63

Root Cellar

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Refrigerators take a lot of energy. In the Primal Age you may have a fortress when an unlimited renewable source of energy, so it won’t be a big deal to power an industrial sized refrigerator, but for the rest of us that isn’t a good option. A root cellar is a great way to preserve foods that need to be kept cold. There are numerous guides on the internet on how to build one, so I won’t go into great detail. However a root cellar needs to be about ten feet deep, and have proper air ventilation, so keep your shelves a few inches from the wall. With this you can store any time a root you grow for an extended period of time. Root cellars were around long before refrigerators, and did the job just fine. So, save your power for other things, and take the time to dig a hole.

Survival Tip #62

Survival Tip #62

Fair Fight

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Outside of a sanctioned fight, there is no such thing as a fair fight and there should never be such a thing.

What? You don’t believe in fighting fair? How could you?

I believe in winning. Especially in the Primal Age where losing is death. No one remembers who lost valiantly and as a gentleman, they remember who won.

In a one on one fight, go for every weakness in the human body as fast and as often as you can. Nose, eyes, throat, and the good old groin.

The United States of America would not exist today if our forefathers hadn’t been guerilla fighters. If your force is up against a larger force, never face them head on. Continually pick at them and wear them down until you can crush their numbers.

If you have the advantage in a two force fights, use your weight to crush your opponent as fast as you can. They may likely use the advice above, and if they do, give them no ground to go to. Destroy their fortress and any other way they are getting aid. Once you’ve cut off their supply lines, they become much less of a threat.

As always you first option shouldn’t be to fight. And you should avoid a fight that you can’t definitely win unless you have no option but to fight. However when you must fight, fight to win, as unfairly as you must.

 

Survival Tip #61

Survival Tip #61

Gas Tank

You should never let your vehicle sit with a gas tank below half. When the Primal Age strikes you don’t want to have to fight your way to the gas station to get out of Dodge. Even my 1993 Acura Legend with close to 300,000 miles on it can still cover 150 miles on a half tank. In reality you always want your gas tank to be full, but it wouldn’t be practical and, as always, toe the line between prepared and crazy. So, don’t let your gas tank sit below half, so in the event of an emergency you can get in your car and go.

Survival Tip #60

Survival Tip #60

Team Spirit

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Why do sports teams have uniforms? Mascots? Cheers? Traditions? This is to build unity within the team and create a focus that the fans can get behind. Not only sports teams do this, but every country, and army does this as well. Right now you might be thinking, this is such a stupid idea, but if you are an American reading this take a moment to think about the symbols we stand behind. We recognize the American Flag as the symbol of our cause; red, white, and blue are our team colors. Our captain is the president who we all elect to lead us. Our mascot is the bald eagle. In medieval times every royal family had a crest that represented their power and influence.  This has existed as long as people have formed into tribes, clans, or groups. Use these lessons to help build unity for your survivors in the Primal Age. Come up with team colors, a mascot, even a cheer if you want. The more reasons the members of your team can associate with one another the less likely they are to turn against each other. Unite your force under a banner, and make the group proud to be members. Unity shows power to other forces as well and can be enough to deter conflict.

Survival Tip #59

Survival Tip #59

Mantra

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“Left foot, right foot, repeat” is something I often say to myself when feeling worn down on long hikes or runs. “Just keep swimming” from Nemo is another great adage to say to yourself when things are rough.  There are a lot of great writers out there who have given us perfect lines to use when the going gets tough, or come up with your own saying.  A reaffirmation can help you through a rough time, and is a great way to focus your thoughts and energy when the Primal Age comes crashing down on you. Focus, breathe, become the calm little center of the universe, and hold on to whatever line you use as a life line to reality.

Survival Tip #58

Survival Tip #58

Books

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I hate books. Yes, I am a writer who hates books. Reading has grown on me, but I still dislike books. I am a product of ebooks, and I love my kindle. A book is heavy, its takes up a lot of space, and it can be destroyed easily. In the Primal Age, certain books will be worth their weight in gold. Even if you have a survival group of one hundred people, you still can’t cover all the knowledge known to man. However, books do hold all the knowledge. After establishing your fortress, making sure you have all the needs of survival met, raiding a library should be a priority. Very few people will consider a library a high priority, so you should be safe to loot them beyond day zero. However, be cautious of library’s that are naturally well fortified, or even consider using them as a base of operations. The Primal Age can be a dark age, or age of enlightenment, which it will be is up to you.

Survival Tip #56

Survival Tip #56

Document

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Document everything you do. Keep a journal of the day’s events and an itemized inventory of all the supplies your group has. By keeping a journal of what happened throughout your journey in the Primal Age you can always recall events and actions that took place. If you need to look back on anything for reference sake to see if something has changed or if it has been a constant you won’t have to rely on the inaccuracies of memory. An inventory is crucial because you should always know your supplies down to the bullet. However if all the knowledge is being kept in one person’s brain it is liable to be lost. Keep notebooks with your supplies and keep track of all the ins and outs so you are never left wondering if you feel lucky.

Survival Tip #53

Survival Tip #53

Your Look

Your look is important in the Primal Age. Now, I’m not saying you should wake up every day and spend three hours in front of the mirror making sure you got your look right, but your look is worth consideration.  Dressing in a way that will make you appear a threat will make it less likely that people will want to challenge you.  Pick attire that makes you feel strong and confident. Rock a cowboy hat if that makes you feel like John Wayne.  This is one time where you can accessorize. Just don’t pick something that could endanger you. Have fun and see what you can come up with. Your look should convey that you are no easy target and aren’t to be messed with.